General Motors has unveiled the eighth generation of the Chevrolet Corvette. The model is, arguably, the biggest change for the Corvette since the sports car was first introduced in 1953. It’s big news anytime a new Corvette is unveiled, but this one will represent, arguably, the biggest change for the Corvette since the model was first introduced in 1953. The Corvette has changed a lot over the past 66 years, but it has always remained a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive sports car. The new 2020 Corvette will have its engine behind the seats. It’s a design idea that was pioneered in the Lamborghini Miura in 1966, and has since become the standard for extreme high-performance sports car. Putting the engine behind the driver and passenger – called a rear mid-engined layout – places the heaviest single part of the car much further to the rear and closer to the driver’s seat, making the car feel as if it’s centered around the driver. Also, the occupants sit further forward in the car, closer to the front wheels. The car will go into production this fall at GM’s Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant. “There’s more potential in the mid-engined platform in terms of performance applications than there is in a front-engined car, that’s for sure,” said Travis Okulski, editor-in-chief of Road & Track magazine. It’s not the first time GM\n \n (GM) has considered it. The company even built mid-engined research cars called CERV I and CERV II (Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle) in the 1960s and the CERV III in 1990. The new mid-engined Corvette has been the subject of much speculation in the automotive press. GM finally confirmed it would be unveiled this summer, releasing photos of the car covered in black and white camouflage driving toward New York’s Times Square. The new car has the potential to further burnish GM’s image as an engineering powerhouse, which has long been the role of the Corvette. It’s a “halo car” that brings people into Chevrolet showrooms even if they ultimately end up buying something else, said Okulski, and this version should generate even more interest. “It also gives Chevrolet something that can play on the big stage with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, everybody,” he said.